CVS debuts expanded health care options in Houston stores

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CVS Health unveiled three new concept stores in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, offering expanded healthcare options.

Dubbed HealthHUBs, the stores include an expanded health clinic with a lab for blood testing and health screenings, according to a news release from CVS. 

The stores also feature wellness rooms for yoga and seminars and offer on-scene dietitians and respiratory specialists.

{mosads}The program is part of CVS’s $70 billion acquisition of health insurer Aetna, CNBC reported. The store’s services, however, are available to all customers, not just Aetna members.

The stores, according to the company, will have less space dedicated to greeting cards, seasonal items and general merchandise than do other CVS locations.

CVS Pharmacy President Kevin Hourican told CNBC that the company won’t turn all of its stores into HealthHUBs, but will likely take parts of them and use them across more stores if they’re successful.

“We have a sense of urgency about the need to bring real change to health care,” Hourican said.

“What’s clear to us is that it will take more than incremental steps to fix what is broken in the health care system,” he added. “That’s why we’re excited about how the combination of CVS and Aetna can begin to establish an innovative health care model that will create an entirely new consumer experience and help people on their path to better health.”  

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